People think vinegar kills fleas on dogs, yet miss the benefits of a natural flea repellant, yeast and fungi killer, an itch relief, aid for smelly dogs, and canine coat conditioner. Here’s how.
First, there is one caveat. Just one type of vinegar is medicinal.
ONLY raw apple cider vinegar has healing properties since it has not been processed (killed) and organic is best. It's great for humans too!
Using white vinegar, red vinegar, or regular apple cider vinegar is not the same.
Kinda like Superman, it does a lot. Internally it's a health tonic; externally it's a coat conditioner, flea repellent, mosquito repellent; and in the ears it can stop ear yeast infections.
Alright, let's get to some recipes, but these are all for the dog. For you, replace any vinegar you use for food, salad dressing etc. with Braggs Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. You can also put a teaspoon in your bottled water if you can manage the taste.
Obviously I have a lot to say about it for humans or I'd get on about our dogs. The last thing I'll mention is I have a great recipe for a human healing tonic if you can handle spicy. It's got fresh habaneros in it and some other goodies. Contact me and I'll email you the recipe.
Okay, back to our dogs!
For a natural flea and mosquito repellent, weight loss in obese dogs, and a general tonic, here's the basic recipe:
You can start with just a few drops until she gets use to the taste. Make this a daily habit.
A very soothing rinse for natural itch relief, control odor, and condition the fur:
Mix 1 cup organic raw apple cider vinegar with enough filtered water to make a gallon. Rub into the dog's fur well and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse. This one is much easier to do outdoors!
The reason I say filtered water is if you have city water in the United States, the chlorine kills the good stuff. Hopefully you don't let your dog drink it either. (Check out my water page.)
For an ear wash that kills yeast and fungus, mix 1 Tablespoon organic
raw apple cider vinegar per cup water. Put a few drops in with an
eyedropper and massage. Lulu would stand still all day and moan if she was getting an ear massage.
Combine equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray light coat on your dog before you go for a walk or to the dog park.
Unless you can get them to jump in a bowl of the stuff, I don't think vinegar kills fleas. If anyone has a positive result with a bowl of vinegar that's not placed under a light (see flea traps ), please contact me via my contact page and share the details with me.
PS. Someone answered! If you've got Facebook, check out the comment below. Casey swears vinegar kills fleas and she shares how she uses it. Thanks Casey.